Yamaha Motor India has launched the 2018 edition of its MT-09 tracer. The most obvious change in this motorcycle is the new livery that makes it look distinct from the previous model. The 2018 Yamaha MT-09 has been launched in India at a price of Rs 10.88 lakh. Having said that, the new MT-09 costs less than the outgoing model when compared with the older price tag of Rs 11.36 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). Powering the new 2018 Yamaha MT-09 is a 847cc, liquid-cooled three cylinder engine mated to a six-speed gearbox. The fuel injected mill produces a maximum power output of 114 hp along with a peak torque of 87.5 Nm. The transmission also gets a slipper clutch and a quickshifter for effortless downshifts and smoother operation. The braking system of the MT-09 comprises of 298mm dual disc brakes upfront along with a single 245mm disc brake at the rear. The bike in its 2017 edition also gets a new seat design that should offer more comfort.
Commenting on the launch of 2018 Yamaha MT-09, Roy Kurian, who is the Senior Vice President of sales and marketing at Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt Ltd. said, “Yamaha technology is known globally to offer the desired nimbleness and edge which motorcyclists seek from a two wheeler. It is exciting to announce the introduction of the new MT-09 in the Indian market shortly after its successful run globally. The new MT- 09 will reiterate Yamaha’s commitment to offer in India the very best mix of Yamaha’s superior expertise coupled with its unique flair for innovation. The new MT-09 has been constructed with excellent rigidity balance that contributes towards the bike's agile handling performance and power delivery.”
The sales of the Yamaha MT-09 have not been good in India. Yamaha was once being quoted saying that the potential buyers of the MT-09 could not understand the bike as it does not look intimidating and big in front of its rivals and and this is a major reason behind its miserable sales. Now, with the new 2018 edition, the manufacturer would be definitely keeping its fingers crossed in a hope to see better numbers.